White People Challenging Racism: Moving From Talk to Action is a five-part workshop that guides participants through the inner work and self-reflection necessary to embark on the lifelong journey toward being antiracist. In five weekly two-hour online Zoom meetings led by a pair of facilitators, a small group begins to build skills and confidence in confronting racism in each person’s sphere of influence. Timely readings, challenging discussions, exercises, role plays, and real-world assignments culminate in the presentation of individual action plans with real impact and accountability. Prepare for an intensive commitment for the five weeks, and for the rest of your life.
Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, & 28 and November 4
6-8pm ET via Zoom
Facilitators: Melanie Roche-Laputka & Erika Nauda
Wednesdays, October 14, 21, & 28 and November 4 & 11
7-9pm ET via Zoom
Facilitators: Steve Pereira & Michelle Chalmers, MSW
Registration is $150
Thursdays, October 15, 22, & 29 and November 5 & 12
7-9pm ET via Zoom
Facilitators: Michelle Chalmers, MSW & Colin Stokes
BLACK LIVES MATTER
June 5, 2020
Dear WPCR Community,
WPCR unequivocally affirms that Black lives matter. We are outraged and deeply saddened by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) who have been victims of state-sponsored violence and murder. We condemn these acts of racial terrorism, and recognize the long history of systemic racism that undergirds policing in this country.
We stand in solidarity with our BIPOC friends, colleagues, family members, and communities against all forms of white supremacy. Our objective in WPCR is to move from talk to action. We call upon each of us in the larger WPCR community to hold ourselves accountable for taking action in this moment. If you can amplify your action plan, now is the time to do it. If you have completed your original action plan, now is the time to commit to further action.
In the near future, we will be posting opportunities for coming together as a community to take action. We look forward to you joining us.
White People Challenging Racism
Given the Covid-19 virus, WPCR II has been postponed. We look forward to holding it at a future date.
Description of WPCR II:
We’ll use similar methods to expand upon the groundwork laid in Part 1, digging deeper into the four I’s of oppression and intersectionality. Participants will develop small group historical grounding presentations that explore a particular person, event, or historical movement that will help anchor our understanding of white supremacy, and inform our action plans. Participants should bring their action plans from Part 1, or new action plans they are working on; we will use the classroom for feedback and support. This workshop is highly participatory and includes reading and reflection assignments between sessions. Prerequisite: WPCR Part 1.
The WPCR 20th Anniversary Symposium was a great success! Please check out the recap published on the Cambridge Center for Adult Education’s website here.
WPCR facilitators thoughts and writings
I’M AFRAID OF WHITE WOMEN by Michelle Chalmers
Is primary process irrelevant or is it systemic racism? by Anne Romney
We Need Race-Related Training Sessions by Anne Romney